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Tina Susman is a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, based in New York, a position she has held since June 2009. She joined the Times as its Baghdad bureau chief in January 2007, at the start of the military surge, and oversaw a staff of U.S. and Iraqi correspondents, translators and support staff. Originally from Oakland, Calif., she began her journalism career with The Associated Press and was its South Africa news editor from 1991-94, overseeing day-to-day coverage of the demise of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela. From late 1994-December 1997 she was the AP's West Africa correspondent, based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. She left AP to join Newsday as its Africa correspondent in December 1997, returning to South Africa. Her assignments in Africa, in addition to the end of apartheid in South Africa, included the war and famine in Somalia; the genocide in Rwanda; wars in Angola, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zaire (Congo), Sudan, Ethiopia, and northern Uganda; the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya; and coverage of features and news in Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Guinea, and Kenya. She has also reported from Pakistan after 9/11; from southeast Asia after the 2005 tsunami; and covered the London metro bombings, the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Haiti's 2010 earthquake, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and other events.